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If you’re a first-time driver or a new Mississippi resident, you’ll want a Class R driver’s license for regular passenger vehicles. A Class LP learner’s permit is the first step towards that, even if you’re over 17. Other types of licenses offered are:
* Class D Non-Commercial Licenses – non-commercial vehicles that aren’t regular passenger vehicles (like a taxi)
* Class E Motorcycle Permits and Endorsements
* Commercial Driver Licenses (Class A, B, C)
If you are under 18 years old, in addition to a Class LP learner’s permit, you also need to get a Class Y intermediate license before you can apply for full driving privileges.
Take a Driver’s Education CourseApply-License
Younger than 15: Driver’s education is only required if you plan to apply for your Class LP learner’s permit at age 14 1/2.
15 and older: Driver’s education classes are not required.
Prepare for the TestApply-License
Pick up a copy of the Mississippi Driver’s Manual at a driver license location for $2. Learn the material well, and take a few practice tests to prepare.
Locate a DPS Driver License LocationApply-License
You’ll take the tests at your local DPS driver license location.
Make Test-Day PreparationsApply-License
Be prepared to:
* Fill out an Application for Mississippi Driver’s License
* Show your Social Security card
* Show your birth certificate
* Present proof of domicile
* Pass the vision, written, and/or driving skills test
* Pay fees ($4 for learner’s permit, $6 for class R if you’re under 18, $21 for Class R if you’re over 18)
* Certification of School Attendance if you’re younger than 18
Take the Written TestApply-License
If you have a valid, out-of-state license, the written exam is not required. When you’re ready to take the exam, call ahead to find out if your local driver station offers the services you need. Audio testing is available.
Once you pass the written test, you’ll get your learner’s permit. If you’re at least 17, you can immediately take the driving skills test.
If you fail, you can take it three more times during the period of a month. If you fail all three times, you must wait at least 30 days to retest.
Get a CarApply-License
You’ll need a car to practice driving. Consider a used car, which is often the best value. Be sure to get a Vehicle History report for any car you consider buying. It will tell you the car’s past – major accidents, a salvage title, etc. With one fee, you’ll have access to all cars for one month – you just need the VIN.
Get Car InsuranceApply-License
Before you buy a car, find out how much it will cost to insure – rates will vary by car. Shop around to find the best rate, and be sure to ask if any providers offer good driver or good student discounts.
Take the Driving Skills TestApply-License
Call ahead to see if your nearest driver license office offers the driving skills test. You may need to make an appointment at some locations.
Bring your own, adequately insured vehicle and a licensed driver.
Once you pass, you’ll be given your Mississippi driver’s license immediately.
If you fail, you may be able to retake it the next day, but this decision is ultimately up to the examiner.
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You will receive your license in person upon passing the test.
You may drive legally with your valid, foreign license. It’s also a good idea to get an International Driver’s Permit from your own country to bring with you. If you establish residency, you must apply for a Mississippi driver’s license.
How to Apply as a Non-Citizen
You’ll follow the same process as citizens, but instead of showing a Social Security card, you must show:
* Birth certificate (translated by a state-run university)
* I-94 card
* Proof of domicile
* I-20 or DS-2019
* Any other immigration papers the DPS requests
You license will be valid for one year.